"The Diary Off Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

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Task:Choose a character you admire from a play you have read. Describe the qualities, which would make you want this character as a friend.

The play 'The Diary of Anne Frank' by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett was set in Amsterdam at the time of the second world war. The Frank family went into hiding in 1942, and hid up in the attic above Mr Frank's old office. In the attic lived Otto Frank, Edith Frank, Margot Frank, Anne Frank, Mr Van Daan, Mrs Petronella Van Daan, and Peter Van Daan, later they are joined by Mr Jan Dussel. I would like Anne to be one of my friends as she is humorous, thoughtful and even in very distressing circumstances she tries to cheer others up.

From when Anne starts the diary on Monday the sixth of July 1942, Anne describes her relationships with her mother, father, sister and friends, throughout the two years in the attic.

Over the two years we realise that Anne is a thoughtful person as Anne demonstrates when she makes presents for the others on Hanukkah

"This is all Anne's idea."

Mr Frank says as Anne presents the others with presents that she hade made. Mrs Van Daan then says guiltily

"This is awful...I haven't got anything for anyone...I never thought..."

This proves how thoughtful Anne is as she is the only one of them who thought of giving the others presents, also that she expects nothing in return. Anne would be a great friend as she has an excellent sense of fun as she is always playing practical jokes on the others to lighten the heavy atmosphere in one case Anne steals Peters shoes, Peter chases her round the room, then they both fall on the floor, Peter wrestling with Anne...